Farmington High senior quarterback Anthony Reaves hands off to senior running back Kendall Williams in a game earlier this season. The Falcons officially qualified for the playoffs with a 27-7 win Oct. 5 over North Farmington.

Farmington High senior quarterback Anthony Reaves hands off to senior running back Kendall Williams in a game earlier this season. The Falcons officially qualified for the playoffs with a 27-7 win Oct. 5 over North Farmington.

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Field of local teams qualifying for state football playoffs to expand

By: Jason Carmel Davis | C&G Newspapers | Published October 9, 2018

 Troy Athens junior Carson Eads carries the ball against Rochester Hills Stoney Creek Oct. 5. After a 34-14 loss against Stoney Creek, Athens is 0-7 overall and 0-5 in the Oakland Activities Association White Division. The Red Hawks were eliminated from playoff contention after their fifth loss of the season.

Troy Athens junior Carson Eads carries the ball against Rochester Hills Stoney Creek Oct. 5. After a 34-14 loss against Stoney Creek, Athens is 0-7 overall and 0-5 in the Oakland Activities Association White Division. The Red Hawks were eliminated from playoff contention after their fifth loss of the season.

Photo by Donna Dalziel

METRO DETROIT — We’re three weeks from the start of the 2018 state football playoffs, and numerous teams from inside the C & G Sports coverage area have already punched their tickets to the postseason.

The playoffs start Oct. 26 and end with the Division 1-8 state title games Nov. 23-24 at Ford Field in Detroit.

Teams that play a nine-game schedule must win six games to receive an automatic bid into the postseason. Teams that finish 5-4 have a shot at the playoffs if there are not enough six-win teams to fill out the bracket.

Teams that play eight-game schedules need five wins to automatically qualify.

Following is an updated list of the teams in our coverage area that have earned playoff berths through seven weeks of play. We’re including four- and five-win teams as well, as both have a shot at earning playoff berths.

We’ll continue to take a look at how the playoffs shape up as the season goes along.

 

Ticket punched
Warren Michigan Collegiate, Clinton Township Chippewa Valley, Grosse Pointe South, Warren Woods Tower, Madison Heights Madison, Sterling Heights Parkway Christian, Macomb Dakota, St. Clair Shores Lake Shore, Warren De La Salle, Macomb Lutheran North, Madison Heights Bishop Foley, Farmington High and Birmingham Seaholm.

 

Win and they’re in
Warren Mott, Roseville High, West Bloomfield High, Farmington Hills Harrison, Beverly Hills Detroit Country Day, Walled Lake Western, Auburn Hills Avondale, Ferndale High and Birmingham Groves.

 

Work left to do
Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook-Kingswood, Birmingham Brother Rice, Utica Eisenhower, Macomb L’Anse Creuse North, St. Clair Shores Lakeview, Clawson High, Center Line High and Rochester Adams.